On Saturday Nicole, Tina and I went on a sketch outing to the new Chinese Garden in West Seattle, and what a very fine place it turned out to be.
There were far too many fabulous views and fascinating landscaping for one visit -- we were there around two hours and barely touched the surface of the many sketching opportunities.
The garden is a work in progress with even more fun stuff planned for the future (see:
Chinese Garden Home Page).
The Seattle Urban Sketchers had visited this spot earlier in the year at a time when I couldn't go, and they posted lots of sketches of a giant koi statue, so that was something I knew I had to draw too. I found it out by a stand of bamboo.
The bamboo was bending in the breeze, which I tried to capture.
I also tackled the intriguing rock landscaping in the main courtyard.
I had a great time just wandering around the grounds.
I suspect the statue in this shed will eventually make its way out to a more appropriate spot.
The garden had several paths winding in and out of botanical displays, and around each turn would be a small surprise -- a wooden bridge or two, or a gazebo.
From inside the gazebo, we could see the rooftops of the main building.
The Blue Angels were performing for Seafair and several times we got excellent views.
A lovely place on a pleasant day in good company.